This past Saturday the Metro Detroit Model United Nations Organization held its fifth MeDMUN conference. Nearly 200 delegates across 8 committees debated pressing issues from drug trafficking in the Americas to the effects of climate change on indigenous populations and a reformation of the Security Council sanctions process.
Secretary General for MeDMUN V and MeDSeC I
As we get further into the Spring semester the Secretariat has finalized its committees, topics, and countries for MeDMUN V. We pick these topics early so as to allow our legal chairs and moderators plenty of time to research and understand the topics’ intricacies before they sit down to write their background guides and primary sources. The background guides, which are usually 6 pages, but can be as long as 10, usually take about 3 months to write from the initial topic introduction written by the Undersecretary Generals (USGs) to the final finished product published in September. Alongside these background guides staffers will write primary source documents that help direct delegates to key treaties, speeches, and agreements about the topic. Finally, before any staffers can participate at MeDMUN, they will undergo a 1-2-hour training session over skype that will go over our parliamentary procedure as well as other our expectations for the conference. Over the last year we have also worked to incorporate a training lesson on soft skills so that our moderators and legal chairs are more comfortable going and interacting with delegates to ensure that they do not need help and to direct them in a more substantive direction if possible.
Similarly, our crisis staffers also have spring and summer research to complete. At MeDMUN V we are offering our first all-crisis committee as well as our traditional integrated crisis offerings. Crisis staffers will contribute to the initial crisis breaks, create crisis trees to map out potential pathways for the crisis, and write delegate biographies for committees in which delegates are representing people rather than countries. This work will be completed over the summer, with the anticipated publication of all biographies in September and October and the disclosure of crisis updates at MeDMUN V.
We pride ourselves on our hardworking staff and know that their research helps us create a more substantive dialogue between our delegates. To ensure all of these materials are at their highest quality, all guides, primary source documents, crisis updates, and delegate biographies are edited by the USGs and Secretary General throughout the Spring and Summer.
We are pleased to announce the election of Alison Shereda, Julia Iaquinto, and Sydney McKinstry as the Undersecretary Generals for the General Assemblies, Crisis Committees, and Regional Bodies, respectively. The three of them will join Mitchell Dennis, Secretary General, and Jordan Philllips, Undersecretary General for the Specialized Agencies on the Secretariat for MeDSeC I and MeDMUN V. Alison is a freshman at Michigan State University where she is studying international relations. Alison brings positive experience to the Secretariat, having attended MeDMUN I, II and III as a delegate, and staffing the Security Council at MeDMUN IV this January. Additionally, she competes on and staffs Michigan State’s Model UN team and high school conference.
Julia Iaquinto will serve as the USG of Crisis after having served this past year as the USG for the Regional Bodies. Studying political science at the University of Michigan, as well as staffing their high school conference, Julia will help make MeDMUN’s and MeDSeC’s crisis updates and scenarios as innovative as possible. Before joining the Secretariat for MeDMUN IV, she helped run Dakota’s Model UN Club and participated at MeMDUN I and II as a delegate.
Sydney McKinstry rounds out the recently elected Secretariat members, having won a 2-year term to organize the Regional Bodies. A student at the University of Michigan studying History and Psychology, Sydney staffs the University’s competitive conference as well as various MAGEC conferences. Bringing this experience to MeDMUN, she has staffed MeDMUN III and IV and looks forward to bringing innovative committees to life at MeDMUN V.
All Undersecretary Generals serve 2 year terms and will serve for both MeDMUN V and VI in this capacity.